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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Not all students consider themselves college material, but there’s an effort in Indiana to change that.Tracy Butler, director of college and career counseling at the Indiana Youth Institute, says the institute has created the College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit to help young people realize that everyone can have a successful life after high school.“Even if you don’t think that you’re college material, and by the time you graduate from high school you’re just done with school and you never want to go back to school, if we can help them understand that there’s a lot of opportunities out there outside of a two or four-year program,” she points out.Butler says Indiana’s track record for graduating students from college on time isn’t very good. About a quarter of students who starts a two or four-year program finish on time.For minority students the numbers are worse. Fourteen percent finish a college degree on time, and less than a quarter does it even when given extra years to graduate.The toolkit is available for download on the Indiana Youth Institute’s website.Butler says high school counselors are there to help students learn about their choices when it comes to continuing their education, but she says Indiana has a shortage of those mentors.“We’re the 10th worst in the country for how high our counselor-to-student ratio is, and what that means is on average, for every high school counselor that we have they’re trying to serve about 500 students,” she states.Butler says it’s key to convince young people that they don’t have to go to a two or four-year college. There are lots of other options, including places such as Ivy Tech that offer one or two-year programs, or large manufacturers in Indiana that provide paid training on site.“Really, every young person in Indiana needs to be seeing themselves as a college-going person,” Butler stresses. “Even if it’s not technically a college that they’re going to, if they’re going to a one-year program or some kind of a trade-based program, they need to see that high school graduation is not actually the finish line, but it’s really the starting line.”last_img read more

first_imgOllie Jung | Daily TrojanHey, remember when the season ended three weeks ago?Members of the media hate being wrong, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to eat crow right now. After USC got humiliated 49-14 at Notre Dame last month, fans and analysts alike dismissed the Trojans as a mirage. No one was spared: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold was dubbed overrated, people called for head coach Clay Helton to get the axe (along with pretty much everyone else on his staff) and the squad as a whole was slammed for a perceived lack of effort. Considering how hapless USC looked against the Fighting Irish, it was difficult to dispute — no matter how stubbornly Helton insisted the team’s season-long goal of winning the Pac-12 Championship remained within reach. The College Football Playoff dream was dead, and with no semblance of momentum on their side, the Trojans looked like they were heading toward a late-season collapse.“There’s no bright spot to look to anymore,” I wrote the week after Notre Dame. “It’s hard for me to believe that Helton and company will suddenly clean things up to win the Pac-12, which means that after all the fanfare, it’s just another lost season.”Then USC reeled off back-to-back wins over Arizona State and Arizona. The Trojans made a surprising jump all the way to No. 11 in the most recent CFP rankings, and a win at Colorado on Saturday can clinch the Pac-12 South with one game to spare in the regular season. I suppose I could still ultimately be proven right — the Trojans haven’t been overly consistent on either side of the ball even during their recent wins. Right now, though, I thankfully sound like an idiot.Despite climbing six spots in the rankings, USC remains outside the serious playoff discussion barring an insane final month across college football. But this isn’t a lost season — not even close. If the Rose Bowl weren’t acting as a playoff game this season, the Trojans would have their sights set on a repeat New Year’s trip to Pasadena, and a conference championship would be the program’s first since 2008, when Pete Carroll roamed the Coliseum sidelines.In fact, this season has the potential to be USC’s best since the Pete Carroll era. The team has up to three games left in the regular season (assuming it reaches the Pac-12 Championship). If they manage to win out and seize the conference crown, the Trojans will enter their bowl game — likely a marquee New Year’s Six matchup against another top-15 side — with an 11-2 record. One more victory to wrap up the year would put them at 12 wins: the highest total since Carroll’s 12-1 farewell season. Were people really saying “fire everyone” three weeks ago?Not to say that a Pac-12 title or big bowl game are already a given — we’ve seen too many mistakes this season to assume anything. The Trojan defense has been prone to giving up the occasional big play all season (as illustrated by Arizona’s furious comeback last weekend), and the offense has sometimes tired out the defense with repeated three-and-outs between quick scoring drives. But if the Trojans manage to stay disciplined, Colorado shouldn’t be able to out-play them. The Buffaloes (5-5) sit in the Pac-12 South cellar, and more than half of their wins came in a season-opening homestand against Colorado State, Texas State and Northern Colorado. Colorado does sport a sharp 4-1 record at home thanks to the trio of victories, but it has split its only two conference games so far in Boulder — a loss to Arizona and a win over Cal.Meanwhile, the Trojans are getting stronger and healthier. This weekend, they look forward to the return of redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Christian Rector, who has broken out as a pass-rushing force for USC this season, and junior running back Ronald Jones II looks to approach the 200-yard rushing mark for the third consecutive game. After scoring 40 or more points just twice in their opening eight weeks, the Trojans have now scored 97 points across their last two tilts. Unsurprisingly, they go into Boulder as close to two-touchdown favorites.Of course, it would be classic USC to crush fans’ souls just as the team pulls us all back in. It would take a collapse of epic proportions to miss the Pac-12 title game, but you wouldn’t put it past this maddening squad, which has looked dominant at points against Stanford and Arizona but played down to the level of Western Michigan and Oregon State. Nevertheless, the Trojans also have the opportunity to build on last season’s Rose Bowl success in 2017 and put all doubts about Helton’s leadership to rest.Yes, it’s hard to fathom, but USC can actually finish this season better than last year’s thrilling campaign. There’s still plenty of opportunity for the Trojans to blow it yet and limp to another four-loss campaign. But with four more wins, the Trojans will be conference champions and victors of another New Year’s Six bowl.This season’s a long way from dead.Oliver Jung is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Jung Money,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah has praised the efforts of Gulf Energy and sister company Legon Cities Football Club for its continued support of the activities of the Ghana Armed Forces.Major General Oppong made these remarks during the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a 150 bed accommodation for trainees of the Military at the Bundase Training base in the Greater Accra Region.The COAS who represented the Chief of Defense Staff Lieutenant General Obed Akwa for the occasion remarked that the soldiers’ accommodation had come at a very opportune time as the Military High Command places a lot of premium on dignified accommodation for its trainees.The Trainees who are currently being housed in tents and a dormitory have over the years been at the mercy of the weather which they have had to make do with.The Army Commander further added that his vision, among others, was to see to the upgrade of his forces in the area of accommodation and extend that into other facets including and not limited well-constructed road network within the camp and the provision of utilities.On his part, General Manager of Gulf Energy and Legon Cities FC Martin Agboyo who represented Board Chairman Richard K. Atikpo revealed that His companies are committed to enhancing the lives and welfare of the everyday Ghanaian as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities with the military not being an exception.Chief of Army Staff, Major General Oppong-Peprah expressed profound gratitude to the companies for the donation and assured them that the building would be put to good use and properly maintained.In recent times, Gulf Energy and Legon Cities FC have supported Governments efforts at curbing the dreaded COVID 19 by providing items including Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), disposable bed sheets rolls, Video Laryngoscopes, Dissecting Forceps, bedsteads, bedside Desks, carrier stretchers, examination beds, wheel chairs, food trolleys, metro shelving, suction machines and more to support their operations at the Isolation Centre of the EL-Wak Sports Stadium. The funding of the projected would also be supported by Structures and Logistics Company Limited. Tags: Ghana Premier LeagueLegon Cities FC Source: Legon Citieslast_img read more